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TO A SHASTA LILY, by            
First Line: In god's cathedral of the open wood
Last Line: Like you, with sure feet march to purple age.
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilies

In God's Cathedral of the Open Wood
I find you, gorgeous in the waning sun,
Your ten white surpliced priests arrayed upon
One purple stem -- a saintly brotherhood
Of pristine loveliness -- and in the mood
I weave my dreams where Beauty's courses run,
With every error canceled, one by one,
And trembling, know that I am God's and good.

O white and sacred lily, spiced with myrrh,
Too soon your robes will match the purpling sky
And leave but memory for my heritage.
Let this befall me, gracious almoner:
That beauty trail my dimming path when I,
Like you, with sure feet march to purple age.

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